BROKEN BOW, Neb. — Zane Harvey was always prepared.
That's a sentiment the speakers at his funeral services Friday morning agreed on.
Whether it was securing tapes for review after football games, organizing activities for the Broken Bow Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or helping with the technical booth at church on Sundays, Harvey was prepared for anything.
“I know Zane is in heaven,” his brother, the Rev. Scott Harvey, told the hundreds of people gathered at Broken Bow Evangelical Free Church, where the reverend is a pastor. “You'll be missed more than you know.”
Zane Harvey, 38, was returning to Broken Bow from a camp in Kearney with the Broken Bow High School's boys basketball team June 1 when the school van collided with a pickup driven by Albert Sherbeck, 70, outside of Ansley, Neb. Harvey, Sherbeck and head basketball coach Anthony Blum, 24, were killed in the collision, and several of the boys in the van were injured.
Harvey had been a teacher and coach at Broken Bow Public Schools since 1999. Scott said his brother inherited the family's love of math and taught the “fun” classes such as geometry and calculus, and he coached basketball, football and golf.
“He loved the community of Broken Bow, he loved Broken Bow High School and he loved working with students,” Scott said. “He found his niche and made the most of it.”
Mike Garner, Broken Bow's football coach, said Harvey was like a brother to him. His children grew used to the sight of Harvey watching football highlights in Garner's living room.
“Zane Harvey was my friend. Probably one of my best friends,” Garner said. “I wish I would have told him that more often.”
After learning of Harvey's death, Garner said there was a point over the weekend when he didn't want to coach anymore. But he knew he had to keep going because that was what Harvey would have wanted him to do.
He encouraged students and others who knew Harvey to remember his passion and enthusiasm for all things and to try to emulate that passion.
Mark Brown, a former student who played under Harvey, said his former coach was selfless and a guiding light for students. He recalled Harvey giving him letters before games with encouraging messages to give him strength.
“Coach Harvey was a man above reproach. He was more than a math teacher, more than a coach,” Brown said.
He said Harvey had more dedication to his faith and used his gifts from God more than anyone he knew.
“We loved Coach Harvey — surely it hurts so much to have lost him,” Brown said. “I don't know if the hurt will last forever, but his love will live forever.”
Harvey was buried in the Broken Bow Cemetery. High school faculty and staff served as honorary pallbearers.
Three students still hospitalized
Three Broken Bow students involved in last week's crash remain at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Austin Reynolds and Scott Gates were in fair condition Friday while Chad Christensen remained in critical condition.
Christensen's parents are updating the community on his progress through the Facebook group Chad Christensen's Journey. According to the most recent updates, Christensen was taken off sedation for brief amounts of time and can follow some instructions from doctors.